3 Nigerian Boys Arrested At Lagos Airport Over Desperate Attempt To Travel Abroad

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Oct 1st, 2013 – 3 Nigerian Boys Arrested At Lagos Airport Over Desperate Attempt To Travel Out Of Nigeria

In a case similar to that of Benin boy Daniel who flew Arik Airplane on Tyre from Benin to Lagos in August, 3 boys have been arrested at Lagos International Airport.

Nigerian Police Officers in charge of MMIA nabbed the 3 teenagers while they were trying to board international flights illegally.

Commissioner of Police for the command, Salahu Waheed, said the suspects, Lateef Popoola, 13; Amadi Joshua, 14; and Ukpabio Onyedikachi, 14, were arrested at different times at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja.

Waheed, while handing over the suspects to their mothers, said there was a need for their respective state governments to rehabilitate them like the Edo State Government did with teenage stowaway, Daniel Ihekina, who was arrested on August 24, 2013 after sneaking into the tyre compartment of a Lagos-bound Arik plane.

He said, “These boys were found at different times at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Their aim was to get into any plane and travel out of Nigeria.

“I decided to hand them over to their parents so they will be well taken care of and stop dwelling on the fantasy that you can just come into the airport, enter a plane and travel.

“Their state governments should try to rehabilitate them just like Edo State did for the stowaway in Benin.

“Lateef Popoola is from Ogun State; Amadi Joshua is from Ebonyi while Ukpabio Onyedikachi is from Abia State.

“The airport is not a place that you can just come into and travel. There are formalities. We don’t want to see these children here again.”

The teenagers, who spoke to PUNCH Metro, said they had been nursing the idea of travelling abroad, adding that they were not ready to execute their plans yet.

Lateef said he went to the tarmac to observe how airplanes take off and land.

He said he was able to gain access to the runaway by sneaking into an airport apron bus, but was arrested shortly after alighting.

He said, “I am not in school, I dropped out in Primary three. I was arrested last week Wednesday. I actually wanted to travel but I have yet to decided where I will go. So, I just went to the tarmac to see the aeroplanes.”

Lateef’s grandmother, Adunni, said she had no idea that her grandson was nursing the idea of travelling out of the country. She said she had been responsible for his upkeep  since his mother abandoned him at infancy.

“I did not know that he wanted to travel. I just did not  see him last week and I started looking for him all over the place. It was on Saturday that I finally found out that he had been arrested,” she said.

Onyedikachi and Joshua were said to have been arrested after asking some security agents where Malaysia flights were boarding.

After being questioned, the boys, who were both in SS1, said they had no travel documents and were immediately arrested.

Police said Onyedikachi’s brother was in Malaysia and it was possible that the teenager wanted to travel out to see his brother.

Onyedikachi, however said, “We were at the departure area of the airport. We did not attempt to travel out. We were just loitering and wanted to see the aeroplanes. We did not want to travel out on that day.”

Onyedikachi’s mother berated her son for his escapade. She said she had warned him and Joshua to be well behaved at all times.

She said, “I had no knowledge of what they did. Onyedikachi is well taken care of and is not suffering. I don’t know what pushed him to do this.”

[Culled from Punch Metro]

20 thoughts on “3 Nigerian Boys Arrested At Lagos Airport Over Desperate Attempt To Travel Abroad

  1. I pity these innocent boys, they all look frustrated.
    Whatelse can Nigeria offer her citizens?
    I pity the future generation

  2. You boys are very stupid.Instead of u to read ur books,u are busy loitering airport looking for how to escape to another country.Do u think that they spread money on the streets of europe that as u arrive u take broom and start packing money?u boys deserve twenty strokes of cane each.Also parents should try and advice their children.

  3. All i can say is for us to pray for Nigeria when i was their age all i knew then was to go to skool help my mama to sell bread in her shop.But with God grace am now in Europe,but home will always be home . My only concern and prayer is that I hope all this OLE we call leaders will not turn my lovely country to where 1 month old baby will want to travel out of the country. Cos all naija money is something they can decided to give 35m for pastor obadara’s funeral or spend it the way they want when some families can not even afford to buy cough medicine or bread for their kids.and we want peace???? For this reason please don’t blame them blame the govt.

  4. Dey should be ki**ed, all dese are just nonsense to our country, what are dey doing abroad, do dey pack money on the ground over there, k**l them that’s what they deserve

    • Bezo, every time I read your comment I can’t help but think that you are either desperate for attention or desperately in need of psychiatric evaluation and intervention. Your comments are meaningless, unconstructive, way off and over the top. Maybe you should kill yourself first. Those boys were just stupid but hey we were all once kids. Agba wa bura bi ewe o se e ri.It is just obvious that you are such an unfulfilled,miserable,horrible,jobless sad, little man who was not hugged nor kissed by his mama as a baby.We should blame our Government. Remember that negative things happen to negative people. Trust me.!

      • @patoya tanx i hv told d stupid idiot 2 stop commentin if he does nt hv beta tin 2 say.nw am fully convincd dt bezo has mental pro omo ala jatijati go nd kill urself

  5. boys d 3 of u were not smart enough u guys should have ask ur oga at top dani boy to lecture u guys well b4 taking the risk to the air-port dani boy i hail u the only guy that succeeded flying to lagos without ticket,gboza gboza 4u my oga at top.

  6. let not blame the kid’s their mind set is too young but let blame out gvt 4 their greediness as 4 dani na man u be.

  7. No b say una b campus guys weh ASUU strik don taya dem for bodi, wer una deh go? U tink attemptin to out wuld bring u luck as it did to Dani? Evrybody’s luck is neva dsame. U weh deh tink am beta cancel am cos e no work!

  8. I guess dis wud be d new trend 4 most kidz n parentz who can’t afford education. But itz nt easy eida out dia. And dat is d absolute truth.

  9. They did dat probably out of frustratn or poverty d govt should lool properly into it, n d govt should hav interest in her citizens’

  10. That’s my naija for sure.a boy(1) attempted and fail now boys(3) typical naija in out doing d master. soon it will be d whole kinsmen.it moves me to tears to see kids who should be carefree about life ,runing away from d only place they have been all their life to a place they know nothing about.Shame,shame and shame on d rotten garbage called leaders.all this your wicked act on d poor masses all end one day becos everything in life have a date to expire.

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